Managing fibromyalgia

Posted by mrs artavia @mrsartavia, Aug 29, 2013

Hello everyone, I am looking for anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia and can suggest healing methods, medication and I would like to compare symptoms. Mine feels as if I had the flu, headache, joint aches, terribly tired, pain around the glands, stomach pain, low back. If lyou can please write with any comment or suggestion for relief, or any idea what causes it I will appreciate it thank you.

@jharsh

I am 50 and was diagnosed with fibro a year ago at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The first thing I got under control was sleep. Generic Lexapro was prescribed after my PCP at home was confident I didn’t have other sleep disorders. I have proven to myself this works best combined with adding a soak in an ultraviolet half sauna as part of a pre-bed nightly ritual.

After a year I finally have more days not in denial. I have been trying to improve my eating by focusing on what to eat. My cholesterol is ultra high (up to almost 400 at times) and I am trying to control it without meds at this point. I started with 3 fruits a day, 2 veggies at each lunch and dinner, fish once a week, eating out no more than once a week.

I started walking 5 minutes every other day a year ago and worked up to 30 minutes 4/5 times a week now. I continually fight myself on routines but have proven to myself that if I could focus on one thing only that us key…it is to drill the word “routine” into every fiber of my being. It’s hard. At times I just want to be defiant to the whole idea.

I finally changed jobs to something manageable long term. I worked full time managing a call center for a magazine company. I was patient to find a part time accounting job that fits me and it had taken since the first of the year to adjust. Against, routine.

I started yoga once a week faithfully a year and a half ago. After a while a realized its value. Routine! I’ve tried swimming and tai chi, both I see will be great but I haven’t been able to regularly incorporate them yet. I could tell it’s too much.

I started chiropractic on December and added massage to compliment. It’s been painful but improving my shoulder, neck, hips tremendously. I’m trying to find a sweet spot as far as scheduling frequency right now.

Pain became horrendous lately. It came on suddenly and now Jeff just as much so. It is always something, as other normal symptoms have taken over. I want to get a handicapped parking permit for that one day in many that the walk in our parking garage is oh so tough. I want to purchase a cane to have at home for those times when my walking is unstable and my knees buckle without warning. I put it off though because I’m fearful its acknowledging defeat in one battle of this war in my body. I plan to discuss it with my PCP next month.

My doc at Mayo is recommending magnets and acupuncture to try.

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One does not know what you are replying to. ladyjane85

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@ladyjane85

And I have had no relief at all from gabapentin – as is usual with most
meds. And it makes me drowsy all day and unable to sleep at
night. from ladyjane85

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They don’t prescribe them that often anymore because of side effects but have you ever tried an older tricyclic antidepressant like amitriptyline? For that matter have you ever been prescribed a newer antidepressant often used for pain, duloxetine? Gabapentin makes me drowsy too so I take it to sleep, for insomnia, and it works pretty well. Pain and sleep are closely linked. Are you sleeping alright? I assume not with all of that pain.

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@colleenyoung

@disgusted What did you GP do that helped? What is your diagnosis?

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He did what no doctor at Mayo was capable or willing to do for me – he diagnosed me correctly with fibromyalgia.

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@disgusted

I have concluded that most ailments that are diagnosed as being fibromyalgia are not autoimmune diseases at all and that rheumatologists are generally surprisingly inept at treating most forms of the disease. I got way better treatment from my general physician than anyone else. I made three trips to Mayo Clinic and the folks there never even were able to diagnose me properly, much less give me any effective treatment. One doctor glared at me and said, “Nobody every died of pain. Just go home and get over it.”

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If I had not been in such terrific pain I might have assaulted him. It got worse the next morning when I went in to the Clinic, at my mother’s insistence, in the hope that the doctor assigned to my case might be willing to see me without an appointment. He actually did call me into his office where he spent half an hour berating and haranguing me for having dared to come to the great and famous Mayo Clinic and upsetting the divine balance of the Universe without an appointment.

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@ladyjane85

And I have had no relief at all from gabapentin – as is usual with most
meds. And it makes me drowsy all day and unable to sleep at
night. from ladyjane85

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I have observed that what works for one person may not work for another. It seems to be mostly a process of trial and error – mostly error, it seems.

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@jharsh

I am 50 and was diagnosed with fibro a year ago at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The first thing I got under control was sleep. Generic Lexapro was prescribed after my PCP at home was confident I didn’t have other sleep disorders. I have proven to myself this works best combined with adding a soak in an ultraviolet half sauna as part of a pre-bed nightly ritual.

After a year I finally have more days not in denial. I have been trying to improve my eating by focusing on what to eat. My cholesterol is ultra high (up to almost 400 at times) and I am trying to control it without meds at this point. I started with 3 fruits a day, 2 veggies at each lunch and dinner, fish once a week, eating out no more than once a week.

I started walking 5 minutes every other day a year ago and worked up to 30 minutes 4/5 times a week now. I continually fight myself on routines but have proven to myself that if I could focus on one thing only that us key…it is to drill the word “routine” into every fiber of my being. It’s hard. At times I just want to be defiant to the whole idea.

I finally changed jobs to something manageable long term. I worked full time managing a call center for a magazine company. I was patient to find a part time accounting job that fits me and it had taken since the first of the year to adjust. Against, routine.

I started yoga once a week faithfully a year and a half ago. After a while a realized its value. Routine! I’ve tried swimming and tai chi, both I see will be great but I haven’t been able to regularly incorporate them yet. I could tell it’s too much.

I started chiropractic on December and added massage to compliment. It’s been painful but improving my shoulder, neck, hips tremendously. I’m trying to find a sweet spot as far as scheduling frequency right now.

Pain became horrendous lately. It came on suddenly and now Jeff just as much so. It is always something, as other normal symptoms have taken over. I want to get a handicapped parking permit for that one day in many that the walk in our parking garage is oh so tough. I want to purchase a cane to have at home for those times when my walking is unstable and my knees buckle without warning. I put it off though because I’m fearful its acknowledging defeat in one battle of this war in my body. I plan to discuss it with my PCP next month.

My doc at Mayo is recommending magnets and acupuncture to try.

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I can definitely relate to that. My pain focuses primarily in my back. Meditation didn’t help me. One thing, in case you haven’t done it yet, that might help is finding a support group. The experiences of others can provide possibilities that might not have been suggested. However, what works for one may not work for you.

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@jharsh

I am 50 and was diagnosed with fibro a year ago at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The first thing I got under control was sleep. Generic Lexapro was prescribed after my PCP at home was confident I didn’t have other sleep disorders. I have proven to myself this works best combined with adding a soak in an ultraviolet half sauna as part of a pre-bed nightly ritual.

After a year I finally have more days not in denial. I have been trying to improve my eating by focusing on what to eat. My cholesterol is ultra high (up to almost 400 at times) and I am trying to control it without meds at this point. I started with 3 fruits a day, 2 veggies at each lunch and dinner, fish once a week, eating out no more than once a week.

I started walking 5 minutes every other day a year ago and worked up to 30 minutes 4/5 times a week now. I continually fight myself on routines but have proven to myself that if I could focus on one thing only that us key…it is to drill the word “routine” into every fiber of my being. It’s hard. At times I just want to be defiant to the whole idea.

I finally changed jobs to something manageable long term. I worked full time managing a call center for a magazine company. I was patient to find a part time accounting job that fits me and it had taken since the first of the year to adjust. Against, routine.

I started yoga once a week faithfully a year and a half ago. After a while a realized its value. Routine! I’ve tried swimming and tai chi, both I see will be great but I haven’t been able to regularly incorporate them yet. I could tell it’s too much.

I started chiropractic on December and added massage to compliment. It’s been painful but improving my shoulder, neck, hips tremendously. I’m trying to find a sweet spot as far as scheduling frequency right now.

Pain became horrendous lately. It came on suddenly and now Jeff just as much so. It is always something, as other normal symptoms have taken over. I want to get a handicapped parking permit for that one day in many that the walk in our parking garage is oh so tough. I want to purchase a cane to have at home for those times when my walking is unstable and my knees buckle without warning. I put it off though because I’m fearful its acknowledging defeat in one battle of this war in my body. I plan to discuss it with my PCP next month.

My doc at Mayo is recommending magnets and acupuncture to try.

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Yes, I am really grateful that I found a sleep doctor who was able to give me back my sleep. I get 4 – 7 hours a night, but that is immensely better than nothing, which I was getting at my worst stage.

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@jharsh

I am 50 and was diagnosed with fibro a year ago at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The first thing I got under control was sleep. Generic Lexapro was prescribed after my PCP at home was confident I didn’t have other sleep disorders. I have proven to myself this works best combined with adding a soak in an ultraviolet half sauna as part of a pre-bed nightly ritual.

After a year I finally have more days not in denial. I have been trying to improve my eating by focusing on what to eat. My cholesterol is ultra high (up to almost 400 at times) and I am trying to control it without meds at this point. I started with 3 fruits a day, 2 veggies at each lunch and dinner, fish once a week, eating out no more than once a week.

I started walking 5 minutes every other day a year ago and worked up to 30 minutes 4/5 times a week now. I continually fight myself on routines but have proven to myself that if I could focus on one thing only that us key…it is to drill the word “routine” into every fiber of my being. It’s hard. At times I just want to be defiant to the whole idea.

I finally changed jobs to something manageable long term. I worked full time managing a call center for a magazine company. I was patient to find a part time accounting job that fits me and it had taken since the first of the year to adjust. Against, routine.

I started yoga once a week faithfully a year and a half ago. After a while a realized its value. Routine! I’ve tried swimming and tai chi, both I see will be great but I haven’t been able to regularly incorporate them yet. I could tell it’s too much.

I started chiropractic on December and added massage to compliment. It’s been painful but improving my shoulder, neck, hips tremendously. I’m trying to find a sweet spot as far as scheduling frequency right now.

Pain became horrendous lately. It came on suddenly and now Jeff just as much so. It is always something, as other normal symptoms have taken over. I want to get a handicapped parking permit for that one day in many that the walk in our parking garage is oh so tough. I want to purchase a cane to have at home for those times when my walking is unstable and my knees buckle without warning. I put it off though because I’m fearful its acknowledging defeat in one battle of this war in my body. I plan to discuss it with my PCP next month.

My doc at Mayo is recommending magnets and acupuncture to try.

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My reply is to the post immediately above my reply. I wish it was possible to quote the question to which I am replying, but it seems the computer program is too basic to allow it.

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@jharsh

I am 50 and was diagnosed with fibro a year ago at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The first thing I got under control was sleep. Generic Lexapro was prescribed after my PCP at home was confident I didn’t have other sleep disorders. I have proven to myself this works best combined with adding a soak in an ultraviolet half sauna as part of a pre-bed nightly ritual.

After a year I finally have more days not in denial. I have been trying to improve my eating by focusing on what to eat. My cholesterol is ultra high (up to almost 400 at times) and I am trying to control it without meds at this point. I started with 3 fruits a day, 2 veggies at each lunch and dinner, fish once a week, eating out no more than once a week.

I started walking 5 minutes every other day a year ago and worked up to 30 minutes 4/5 times a week now. I continually fight myself on routines but have proven to myself that if I could focus on one thing only that us key…it is to drill the word “routine” into every fiber of my being. It’s hard. At times I just want to be defiant to the whole idea.

I finally changed jobs to something manageable long term. I worked full time managing a call center for a magazine company. I was patient to find a part time accounting job that fits me and it had taken since the first of the year to adjust. Against, routine.

I started yoga once a week faithfully a year and a half ago. After a while a realized its value. Routine! I’ve tried swimming and tai chi, both I see will be great but I haven’t been able to regularly incorporate them yet. I could tell it’s too much.

I started chiropractic on December and added massage to compliment. It’s been painful but improving my shoulder, neck, hips tremendously. I’m trying to find a sweet spot as far as scheduling frequency right now.

Pain became horrendous lately. It came on suddenly and now Jeff just as much so. It is always something, as other normal symptoms have taken over. I want to get a handicapped parking permit for that one day in many that the walk in our parking garage is oh so tough. I want to purchase a cane to have at home for those times when my walking is unstable and my knees buckle without warning. I put it off though because I’m fearful its acknowledging defeat in one battle of this war in my body. I plan to discuss it with my PCP next month.

My doc at Mayo is recommending magnets and acupuncture to try.

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I’m sure you’re grateful about that.How nice!i don’t get any sometimes due 2 my pain.Challenging!I’m sure it’s better than nothing!

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@colleenyoung

@disgusted What did you GP do that helped? What is your diagnosis?

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Can I ask,’Did you have 2 wait a long time for your diagnosis?’I don’t remember how long I had 2 wait 4 that since it has been so long.

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@jharsh

I am 50 and was diagnosed with fibro a year ago at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The first thing I got under control was sleep. Generic Lexapro was prescribed after my PCP at home was confident I didn’t have other sleep disorders. I have proven to myself this works best combined with adding a soak in an ultraviolet half sauna as part of a pre-bed nightly ritual.

After a year I finally have more days not in denial. I have been trying to improve my eating by focusing on what to eat. My cholesterol is ultra high (up to almost 400 at times) and I am trying to control it without meds at this point. I started with 3 fruits a day, 2 veggies at each lunch and dinner, fish once a week, eating out no more than once a week.

I started walking 5 minutes every other day a year ago and worked up to 30 minutes 4/5 times a week now. I continually fight myself on routines but have proven to myself that if I could focus on one thing only that us key…it is to drill the word “routine” into every fiber of my being. It’s hard. At times I just want to be defiant to the whole idea.

I finally changed jobs to something manageable long term. I worked full time managing a call center for a magazine company. I was patient to find a part time accounting job that fits me and it had taken since the first of the year to adjust. Against, routine.

I started yoga once a week faithfully a year and a half ago. After a while a realized its value. Routine! I’ve tried swimming and tai chi, both I see will be great but I haven’t been able to regularly incorporate them yet. I could tell it’s too much.

I started chiropractic on December and added massage to compliment. It’s been painful but improving my shoulder, neck, hips tremendously. I’m trying to find a sweet spot as far as scheduling frequency right now.

Pain became horrendous lately. It came on suddenly and now Jeff just as much so. It is always something, as other normal symptoms have taken over. I want to get a handicapped parking permit for that one day in many that the walk in our parking garage is oh so tough. I want to purchase a cane to have at home for those times when my walking is unstable and my knees buckle without warning. I put it off though because I’m fearful its acknowledging defeat in one battle of this war in my body. I plan to discuss it with my PCP next month.

My doc at Mayo is recommending magnets and acupuncture to try.

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How sad!I’m sorry.I’ve other types of pain besides the FM.So,it’s challenging.Now,my chiro.’s office’s a ways away since we moved recently.So,makes life sorta hard.I understand about meditating.I mean,4 anxiety.Sometimes I’ve 2 take med.4 it.Thx!

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@colleenyoung

@disgusted What did you GP do that helped? What is your diagnosis?

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This in reply to 1langla, who wrote – Can I ask,’Did you have 2 wait a long time for your diagnosis?’I don’t remember how long I had 2 wait 4 that since it has been so long.

It took me about six months of agony, including three useless trips to Mayo Clinic, before I was diagnosed. Once I did find my doctor he got right on my case and had me diagnosed within a week.

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@colleenyoung

@disgusted What did you GP do that helped? What is your diagnosis?

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Pretty long!That’s 2 bad!That’s good.Hopefully,getting help or treatment 4 it now.

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I was thinking this was my support group for fibro and back pain . Have
heard some diff meds, altho I never respond well to anything. But thank
you @disgusted (that’s the way I have felt for 30 years now with 5
surgeries on back and all the diff procedures which do not work. @ladyjane85

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@colleenyoung

@disgusted What did you GP do that helped? What is your diagnosis?

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In reply to 1langla who wrote – Pretty long!That’s 2 bad!That’s good.Hopefully,getting help or treatment 4 it now.

Actually, I think that was fairly fast. I have a cousin whose wife suffered terribly from fibromyalgia for over twenty years and her doctor never did figure out her problem. She eventually died in great pain and agony. I count myself very fortunate that I have been able to function fairly normally for nine years now.

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